CBS News has reported on an experimental study of hyperthermic intraoperative chemotherapy (HIPEC), also known as heated chemotherapy, led by one of our gynecologic oncologists Dr. Sharyn Lewin. HIPEC has been previously used in treating other cancers, such as appendix and late stage color cancer. In this method, the chemotherapy is heated to approximately 108 degrees Fahrenheit, rather than standard room temperature.
“It circulates on a circuit for 60-90 minutes while they’re asleep,” says Dr. Lewin. “We think the heat makes the chemotherapy work better and makes the cancer cells more sensitive.”